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Spend a day at the museum

by JOEL MARTIN
Staff Writer | June 22, 2023 1:00 AM

COLUMBIA BASIN — We often think of museums as something you find in big cities, but there are lots of them just a short drive away here in the Basin. Here are some places to enjoy art or learn about the area.

Note: Many museums are staffed by volunteers and funded by donations, which means that hours and days of operation can change without warning. Visitors are advised to call ahead.

Grant County Historical Society Museum

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday May-September

742 Basin St NW, Ephrata

509-754-3334

Moses Lake Museum & Art Center

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday year-round

401 S. Balsam St., Moses Lake

509-764-3830

moseslakemuseum.com

The Old Hotel

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday year-round

33 E. Larch St., Othello

509-488-5936

www.facebook.com/theoldhotelothello

Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum

1-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday May-November

415 F St. SW, Quincy

509-787-4685

www.qvhsm.org

Ritzville Railroad Depot Museum

12-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day

201 W. Railroad Ave., Ritzville

509-660-0708

www.ritzvillemuseums.com

Burroughs Home Museum

12-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day

408 W. Main Ave., Ritzville

509-660-1089

www.ritzvillemuseums.com

Wanapum Heritage Center

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday year-round

At Priest Rapids Dam, 29082 Highway 243, Mattawa

509-766-3461

wanapum.org

Colville Tribal Museum & Gift Shop

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday May 31-Sept. 30

512 Mead Way, Coulee Dam

509-633-0751

www.colvilletribes.com/colville-tribal-museum

Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; dam tours May 27-Oct. 31

Highway 155, Coulee Dam

509-633-9265

Big Bend Historical Society Museum

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April-October

505 NW Cole Ave., Wilbur

509-647-5566 or 509-639-2346

Gehrke Windmill Garden

24 hours year-round

North Dam Park, Grand Coulee

Dry Falls Visitor Center

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Monday, open year-round

35661 Highway 17, Coulee City

509-632-5214

Mansfield Museum

1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday May 31-Sept. 30

121 Main St., Mansfield

509-888-5357

www.facebook.com/MansfieldWAMuseum

Historic Hartline School

10-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday March-December

92 Chelan St., Hartline

509-639-2566

www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheHartlineSchool